Brandon Cruz reaches out to Macaulay Culkin -- The former child actor pens a letter to the "Home Alone" star about how to survive in Hollywood

By EW Staff
Updated December 16, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

Dear Macaulay Culkin,

Puberty is a bitch. Especially for child actors. Take it from me, the guy who played Eddie in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. Now that you’re reaching that age — your voice is changing, you’re a little gawky, and, let’s face it, you’re just not so cute anymore — you have to start thinking about the future. You’re bright and talented. But you can’t be Kevin forever.

Because I’ve been there, I’d like to pass on some advice to you:

Take a step back and make sure you’re doing what you want to do. When acting stops exciting you, push the pause button. It’s not easy, but you can come back later — look at Jodie Foster, Kurt Russell, Ron Howard.

Go to school, and take business classes. With the kind of money you’re making, you’re like a little corporation who has to watch out for hostile takeovers. If you’re not personally involved in the management of your own money, you’ll lose it much faster than you earned it.

Spend as much time as possible with friends who like you for you, not because you’re the guy who starred in Home Alone.

Remember River Phoenix. I’ve dabbled in drugs, but I’ve also seen others go full speed down the cocaine-and-Ferrari route, and they’ve instilled in me a fear of screwing myself up. You do have to prove you’re no longer cute little Kevin. You don’t have to kill yourself doing it.

See your father objectively. It may not be a coincidence that your new video is Getting Even With Dad. As a child, your first instinct is to trust the adults in your life, but your dad seems to be pushing you. Make sure he’s listening to your needs, and if not, get a court-appointed third party to oversee your activities and trust fund. You shouldn’t become your family’s meal ticket.

So, Mac, have fun — and if you need an older brother in your next movie, hey, give me a call.

All the best,
Brandon Cruz